Liverpool to introduce energy-efficient LED street lights

LED street lights

All of Liverpool's street lights are to be replaced with LED lights in a bid to make the city more energy-efficient.

LED lighting produces a whiter, clearer light which would also help with visibility at night, the council said.

The first phase of the £7m project will see 1,038 lights replaced in Fazakerley, with 1,038 lights being converted across 158 streets.

The remaining 22,500 street lights, serving 3,214 streets in the city will be upgraded over the next two years.

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    • Major public figures on Merseyside are at Liverpool Lime Street station launching a campaign to bring high speed rail to the city region.

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    Sniffing out an exhibition 09:51:

    Sniffer dogs from Manchester Airport are giving a demonstration of their skills at the Merseyside Maritime Museum on Thursday.

    Sniffer dog A sniffer dog in the US is helping officers clamp down on child abuse

    The event is linked to an exhibition called Seized!, which is about the work of the UK Border Force and the Customs Agency.

    Off road bike seized 09:42:

    MerPol Riverside tweets: Off road bike siezed on Mill St L8, rider arrested for driving offences. #operationbrookdale

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    Horses, trains and automobiles 09:34:

    Grand National winners have been honoured in some very unusual ways, including having pubs and trains named after them.

    Horse and train

    The name of this year's winner, Pineau de Re, has been added to the sign of the Worcestershire village where the horse lives.

    Aldaniti, one of the most celebrated winners, had a train named after him and there's a pub in Bishop Auckland called The Red Alligator, after the 1968 winner.

    Swimmer 'stronger for defeats' 09:25: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The father of double Commonwealth champion Fran Halsall says she doubted her ability after the London Olympics.

    Fran Halsall

    The Southport swimmer won the 50 metre butterfly and the 50 metre freestyle in Glasgow, but missed out on medals in 2012.

    Her dad Andrew says that was the inspiration for her to come back stronger.

    Get involved 09:19:

    MoorsidePark friends tweets: Just been interviewed by @bbcmerseyside about volunteering #GetInvolved

    Besic becomes a Blue 09:13:

    Everton have signed Ferencvaros midfielder Muhamed Besic for an undisclosed fee.

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    The 21-year-old, who played in all of Bosnia-Hercegovina's matches at the World Cup, has agreed a five-year deal.

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez told the club's official website that Besic "is a young footballer who has developed massively in the last two seasons".

    Teens quizzed over car park fire 09:05:

    Three teenagers are being questioned by police over a suspected arson at a car park in Liverpool city centre on Saturday.

    Merseyside Police say two boys from Whiston and Huyton and a girl from Huyton, all aged 15, voluntarily attended at a police station on Merseyside.

    Emergency services were called to an underground car park in South John Street just after 19:00 after reports a shopping trolley with aerosols inside had been set on fire.

    News on the hour 09:00: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

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    Arrests over "staged" collisions 08:53:

    Five people have been arrested on suspicion of fraud in Wirral as part of investigations into staged road traffic collisions, police say.

    Merseyside Police say two men, aged 28 and 41, and three woman, aged 38, 39 and 59, were arrested on Monday at addresses in Birkenhead, Prenton and Wallasey.

    The warrants were executed in relation to an alleged RTC in Wallasey in March 2013, a spokesman says.

    Britain's best and worst 08:45: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    On this morning's show, I'm asking what you think are the best and worst things about Britain and the British?

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    That's what the British Council has been asking people from countries including the US, Germany and China.

    Their survey found that people abroad think we eat and drink too much, but we're polite and have some great history and culture.

    Tell me what you think our best and worst characteristics are by calling 0151 709 9333 or texting 81333 with Mersey before your message.

    College fund helps youngsters 08:38: Warrington Guardian

    A fund launched by Priestley College has helped more than 120 young people on the way to making their dreams a reality.

    Smoke free award 08:30: BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: Coming Up: An award for a Merseyside restaurant for making its outdoor seating area smoke free @Roy_Castle_Lung

    Barbacoa staff with award
    'Sadly missed' 08:22:

    A man who died after being found with injuries at a house in Whiston on Sunday has been named by police.

    Merseyside Police say the death of 54-year-old Tony Gibbons is still being treated as "unexplained".

    His family said he loved music and going out with friends to the local labour club and will be "sadly missed".

    Beer garden smoking ban 08:13: Liverpool Echo

    A Merseyside restaurant has taken smoke-free dining one step further by banning smoking from their beer garden as well as inside their premises.

    Bidston busy 08:07:

    BBC Travel are reporting heavy traffic on A553 Hoylake Road in Bidston between St James Church and Tesco Roundabout.

    Sunshine to come 08:02:

    After some early sunshine, it will turn increasingly cloudy through the morning and there could be some outbreaks of mainly light rain.

    Weather graph

    The good news is that during the afternoon the cloud will tend to break allowing some bright or sunny spells to return - highs of 18C (64F).

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